The Association of Plastic Recyclers

APR Launches Global Design Guidance Platform

The go-to reference to design recyclable packaging across the globe

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) today launched the APR Global Design Catalog, a comprehensive resource to access the most current plastic packaging recyclability guidelines for countries and regions around the world.

Different countries and regions operate a variety of recycling collection and processing systems. Many of them oversee complex Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs that hold manufacturers and suppliers accountable for the end-of-life fate of packaging materials. EPR programs in virtually all jurisdictions reference some design for recyclability index to encourage companies to design more sustainable packaging.

"The APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability remains the leading package design resource for countries across the globe. Due to the differences in operational recycling systems and EPR requirements among countries, harmonizing design for recyclability across the globe is a challenging endeavor," stated Steve Alexander, APR President & CEO. "APR's Global Design Catalog gives you all the design requirements at your fingertips, to assist in comparing and contrasting best design practices in different countries."

The catalog includes guidance from Denmark, EU, France, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, and UK. It covers recyclability evaluations for rigid PET, rigid HDPE, rigid PP, and flexible PE film packaging. Additional countries and features will be added in the coming months.

"Design for recyclability is key to creating a circular economy for plastics packaging," continued Alexander. "APR's Global Design Catalog, as a complement to the APR Design® Guide, provides the detailed design guidance required for brand owners to achieve their sustainability commitments within the demands of the global marketplace,"

Subscribe today and make APR's online catalog tool your primary source for comparing global plastic design for recyclability requirements.

Visit the APR website for more information about the APR Global Design Catalog and other APR Programs.


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Kara Pochiro
APR VP of Communications & Public Affairs
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The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) is The Voice of Plastics Recycling®. As the international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry, membership includes independent recycling companies of all sizes, processing numerous resins, as well as consumer product companies, equipment manufacturers, testing laboratories, organizations, and others committed to the success of plastics recycling. APR advocates the recycling of all plastics. Visit https://plasticsrecycling.org/ for more information.

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